Jason Cady | Happiness Is the Problem

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Happiness Is the Problem

by Jason Cady

Opera Buffa for the 21st Century.
Genre: Avant Garde: Experimental
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1. Happiness Is the Problem: Act 1
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2. Happiness Is the Problem: Act 2
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Happiness is the Problem is a two-act opera about three struggling roommates in Brooklyn: Julie, Emily and Maureen. Their fortune begins to change when Julie, a bioanthropsychopharmacologist, discovers an elixir of happiness derived from the secretions of slug mucus, which they bottle and sell as "Euphoressence."

Happiness is the Problem: Act 1 21’52”

Prelude
Recitative I “Not a Good Situation”
Aria I “Euphoreka”
Recitative II “There’s Only One Conclusion My Friends”
Aria II “No Way”
Recitative III “Let’s Call It a Happiness Reaction”
Aria III “For a Limited Time”
Recitative IV “Neither Typical Nor Predictive”
Trio “Who Needs Happiness”


Happiness is the Problem: Act 2 20’43”

Prelude
Recitative V “Natural Selection Plus Des Moines”
Aria IV “Being Happy is a Full-Time Job”
Recitative VI “Crazy High School Science Fair Acid Flashback”
Aria V “The Trouble with Being a Prodigy”
Recitative VII “The Vaseline Glories of the Past”
Aria VI “Maureen Chun: Corporate Star”
Recitative VII “Always-Beyond-the-Horizon-Kind-of-Thing”
Finale “Happiness is Not the Same”


Erin Flannery, soprano
Deanna Neil, soprano
Lisa Komara, mezzo-soprano
Domenica Fossati, flute
Jason Cady, clarinet and synthesizer
Katie Young, bassoon
Anne Guthrie, horn
Ben Holmes, trumpet
Sam Kulik, trombone
Joe Bergen, vibraphone and percussion
Tomas Fujiwara, drum set
Mary Halvorson, electric guitar
Erica Dicker, violin
Jessica Pavone, viola
Loren Dempster, cello
Tim Dahl, contrabass



Recorded by Clay Holley at Studio 75 and Truth and Soul, Brooklyn, NY
Mixing and additional recording by Joel Hamburger at Gödel String, Brooklyn, NY
Mastered by Josh Bonati at Bonati Mastering, Brooklyn, NY

Front and back photo by Kevin Irby

Happiness is the Problem is dedicated to Mary Halvorson. It has been performed at Roulette, Le Poisson Rouge, Issue Project Room, the Wilmette Theater and The Stone.

Jason Cady is a composer of experimental vocal and chamber music. The Wire described his one-act opera, Post-Madonna Prima Donna, as, “thoughtful satire, sharp composition.” Cady has an M.A. in composition from Wesleyan University, where he studied with Alvin Lucier and Anthony Braxton. His undergraduate degree is in Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance from Arizona State University, where he studied composition with Richard Lerman and Harold Budd, in addition to training in visual art. He was born in 1974 in Flint, Michigan and has lived in Brooklyn, New York since 2001.


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